The Public Relations and Marketing Manager of the Takoradi Port, Peter Armoo Bediako has revealed that prior arrangements are underway to get speed rumps constructed on the newly constructed New Takoradi road to help reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring on that road.
According to him, a meeting has already been held with the Consultant of the project to get designs and cost of installing speed rumps on the road.
Since the constructions of the road, residents of New Takoradi have been calling into the Jolly Breakfast Show on Skyy Power FM, to complain of indiscipline driving on the part of haulage drivers who ply the road into the port. They fear the over speeding of the drivers may result in a terrible accident on the road someday to come. They have, therefore, been calling on Authorities to intervene to avert any possible negative happening on the road.
Speaking on the issue, the PRO for Takoradi Port, Peter Armoo Bediako said the Port Authorities under the leadership of Captain Afedzi, the Takoradi Port Director, have started engaging stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the issue.
“It has come to our attention, and what we’ve done so far is to engage the various stakeholders using the road; Takoradi Flour Mills, GHACEM, Bauxite and others, on the need for their drivers using the road to slow on the road.
“The second thing is that we’ve held a meeting with the Consultants on the road as per the directive by the Director of Ports for us to see the way forward; and the only solution that they came up with is that there is the need for us to build some rumps on the road. So they identified about four (4) spots that the rumps will be constructed. We are waiting for feedback from their side regarding, especially, the cost and other stuff. Hopefully, by Friday, I’m sure that we can get something positive on the next line of action to take,” he told this reporter.
In the interim, however, Mr. Armoo Bediako stated that they have engaged the Port Security to help in maintaining discipline on the road to avert any unfortunate occurrence. According to him, as the Takoradi Port Security work to prevent any unfortunate happening, it is important for drivers who ply the road to be disciplined enough to help the situation.
“We are also continuing the discussions with the drivers and the stakeholders to help us in that direction. We are also appealing to drivers using the road to remember when the road was in bad state and the agitations on it. It will be bad to one day hear that something terrible has happened on the road, so we are pleading with them that they should slow down,” Armoo Bediako added.
This is coming at a time when six (6) people travelling on an Opel Astra B were crushed to death by a haulage truck on the new Anaji Highway on Saturday.
Story: Samuel Kojo Brace/Skyy News/Takoradi.